A colorful challengeiStock/yukikae4b
Although she admits this activity may seem a bit mean, Dr. Matheis suggests breaking your child’s crayons. Don’t worry, it’s for a good reason: “A smaller crayon activates and engages more muscles in your child’s hand.” Most of the time, kids won’t even care anyway.
Make “spaghetti and meatballs”iStock/minoricious
Toddlers love Play-Doh, so why not use this popular activity to strengthen the muscles in their hands? Dr. Matheis suggests encouraging your toddler to make “spaghetti and meatballs” since it requires rolling and forming.
Play cat’s cradleiStock/helovi
Toddlers who are struggling with their fine motor skills don’t have adequately developed muscles in their hands and wrists, according to understood.org. While it may take time to teach your child, yarn games like cat’s cradle will provide endless entertainment throughout their childhood. Additionally, yarn games improve fine motor skills for toddlers because they require the use of small hand muscles as well as hand-eye coordination.